Fantasy Forward Rankings: 2022-23

by | Sep 29, 2022

Fantasy Forward Rankings: 2022-23

by | Sep 29, 2022

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Connor McDavid tops our fantasy forward rankings for 2022-23. Only 25 years old, he’s got four 100-point seasons under his belt, and if his production continues at a similar pace for another decade, he will almost certainly go down as one of the NHL’s all-time greatest players. For this season, McDavid’s prospects have improved in one critical area. With Jack Campbell between the pipes, Edmonton’s defense should be improved, and with it, McDavid’s plus-minus rating.

Maple Leaf stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are in the opposite situation, with Campbell departed for Edmonton and a new tandem of Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov between the pipes. If we’re looking at the past few seasons to be any indication, Murray is unlikely to contend for a Vezina Trophy, and it’s fair to expect the Leafs’ plus-minus ratings to take a hit if he secures the starting job. However, if Samsonov’s offseason training with Igor Shesterkin bears fruit and he’s able to realize his immense potential between the pipes, allowing Campbell to depart could easily turn out to be a blessing in disguise, for Samsonov’s upside (in 2022-23 and beyond) exceeds Campbell’s.

In Florida, it’ll be really interesting to see whether newcomer Matthew Tkachuk plays on a line with star center Aleksander Barkov… either way, the duo should see plenty of ice together on the Panthers’ first power play unit. Florida players delivered huge plus/minus ratings in 2021-22, but with all of the offseason changes, that may not remain the case.

In Vegas, Jack Eichel’s first season was a significant disappointment, but if he can rebound to his prior point-per-game production (or better), it could go a long way towards helping the Golden Knights rebound from their first playoff-less season.

As for breakouts, here’s a short-list of players who should be on your radar in the season’s early weeks, all are good bets to enjoy big statistical jumps in 2022-23:

  • Jack Hughes
  • Trevor Zegras
  • Mathew Barzal
  • Josh Norris
  • Brock Boeser
  • Alexis Lafrenière

Without further ado, here are our top 150 forwards for 2022-23…

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
1Connor McDavidEDMC
2Auston MatthewsTORC
3Nathan MacKinnonCOLC
4Leon DraisaitlEDMC/LW
5Kirill KaprizovMINLW
6Nikita KucherovTBLRW
7Mitch MarnerTORRW
8Aleksander BarkovFLAC
9David PastrnakBOSRW
10Mikko RantanenCOLC/RW
11Matthew TkachukFLARW
12Alex OvechkinWSHLW
13Patrick KaneCHIRW
14Jonathan HuberdeauCGYLW
15Artemi PanarinNYRLW
16Sidney CrosbyPITC
17Steven StamkosTBLC/LW
18Kyle ConnorWPGLW
19Mika ZibanejadNYRC
20Johnny GaudreauCBJLW
21Jake GuentzelPITLW
22Jack EichelVGKC
23Andrei SvechnikovCARLW
24Sebastian AhoCARC
25Jack HughesNJDC
26J.T. MillerVANC/LW
27Brayden PointTBLC
28Timo MeierSJSLW/RW
29William NylanderTORLW/RW
30John TavaresTORC
31Elias LindholmCGYC
32Brady TkachukOTTLW
33Elias PetterssonVANC/LW
34Mark ScheifeleWPGC
35Vladimir TarasenkoSTLRW
36Trevor ZegrasANAC
37Nikolaj EhlersWPGLW/RW
38Patrice BergeronBOSC
39Kevin FialaLAKLW/RW
40Filip ForsbergNSHLW
41Roope HintzDALC
42Sam ReinhartFLAC/RW
43Evgeny KuznetsovWSHC
44Gabriel LandeskogCOLC/LW
45Nick SuzukiMONC
46Patrik LaineCBJLW/RW
47Jason RobertsonDALLW
48Alex DeBrincatOTTLW
49Matt DucheneNSHRW
50Dylan LarkinDETC
51Chris KreiderNYRLW/RW
52Mathew BarzalNYIC
53Evgeni MalkinPITC
54Tim StützleOTTC/LW
55Cole CaufieldMONLW/RW
56Tage ThompsonBUFC
57Bryan RustPITRW
58Anze KopitarLAKC
59Lucas RaymondDETRW
60Pierre-Luc DuboisWPGC
61Mats ZuccarelloMINRW
62Jesper BrattNJDRW
63Tomas HertlSJSC
64Joe PavelskiDALC/RW
65Jonathan MarchessaultVGKLW/RW
66Mark StoneVGKRW
67Pavel BuchnevichSTLLW/RW
68Jordan KyrouSTLLW/RW
69Teuvo TeravainenCARLW/RW
70Evander KaneEDMLW
71Ryan Nugent-HopkinsEDMC/LW
72Josh NorrisOTTC
73Nazem KadriCGYC
74Tyler SeguinDALC/RW
75Robert ThomasSTLC
76Matty BeniersSEAC
77David PerronDETRW
78Taylor HallBOSLW
79Vincent TrocheckNYRC
80Nico HischierNJDC
81Claude GirouxOTTC/RW
82Ryan O'ReillySTLC
83Tyler ToffoliCGYLW/RW
84Travis KonecnyPHIRW
85Clayton KellerARILW/RW
86Brock NelsonNYIC
87Troy TerryANARW
88Brad MarchandBOSLW
89Valeri NichushkinCOLLW/RW
90Blake WheelerWPGRW
91Adrian KempeLAKLW/RW
92Bo HorvatVANC
93Logan CoutureSJSC
94Joel Eriksson EkMINC
95Drake BathersonOTTRW
96Nick SchmaltzARIC/RW
97Jeff SkinnerBUFLW
98Zach HymanEDMLW/RW
99Alex TuchBUFRW
100Andre BurakovskySEALW/RW
101Matt BoldyMINLW/RW
102Sean CouturierPHIC
103Brock BoeserVANRW
104Cam AtkinsonPHIRW
105Ryan HartmanMINC
106Viktor ArvidssonLAKLW/RW
107Mikael GranlundNSHC
108Tyler BertuzziDETLW/RW
109Oliver BjorkstrandSEARW
110Ryan StromeANAC
111Brayden SchennSTLC/LW
112Alex KillornTBLLW/RW
113Jared McCannSEAC/LW
114Jakub VranaDETLW
115Jakub VoracekCBJLW/RW
116T.J. OshieWSHC/RW
117Conor GarlandVANLW/RW
118Anton LundellFLAC
119Boone JennerCBJC
120Yanni GourdeSEAC
121Andrew MangiapaneCGYLW/RW
122Sam BennettFLAC
123Victor OlofssonBUFRW
124Ondrej PalatNJDLW
125Anders LeeNYILW
126Dylan StromeWSHC/RW
127Yegor SharangovichNJDC/LW
128Martin NecasCARRW
129Alexis LafrenièreNYRLW/RW
130Chandler StephensonVGKC/RW
131Jamie BennDALC/LW
131Max DomiCHILW/RW
133Ryan JohansenNSHC
134Nino NiederreiterNSHLW
135Carter VerhaegheFLALW
136Jonathan ToewsCHIC
137Jack RoslovicCBJC
138William KarlssonVGKC/LW
139Mike HoffmanMONLW/RW
140Andrew CoppDETC/RW
141James van RiemsdykPHILW/RW
142Dawson MercerNJDC/RW
143Kevin HayesPHIC
144Cole SillingerCBJC
145Rickard RakellPITLW/RW
146Jordan EberleSEARW
147Seth JarvisCARLW/RW
148Reilly SmithVGKRW
149Mikael BacklundCGYC
150Phillip DanaultLAKC
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